Friday, 23 November 2018

Favourite Corner Shops

We all have our favourite corner shops.


  • The places where to got your sweets when you are young, 
  • The place where you can get a drink when you are 18 or above (or close to that)
  • The place where you can pick up something nice for the lady in your life
  • The place where you can get something for your Landy
I'm lucky enough to have somewhere in the last category just around the corner (OK a few corners). 



They are now quite used to me going in and asking for something odd and it not being the standard catalogue part. In fact my attempt (successful in the end) to purchase an exhaust is still remembered by the guys who kindly brought a whole selection until we found the one that fitted

Monday, 15 October 2018

Discovery 5 Red Cross car

Last year I wrote about something I called "close to an ambulance", a Red Cross vehicle under development by Land Rover referred to at the time as the Project Hero concept car.. well it certainly looks impressive now 




From the Land Rover media pages ...

The vehicle, developed from the original Project Hero concept car is the result of an 18-month collaboration between Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations and the Austrian Red Cross. 

The specially designed and engineered Discovery has the latest communications equipment, including an advanced eight-rotor drone. A long-range thermal imaging camera fitted to the drone is capable of spotting a person from 440m and can identify a vehicle at almost 1,000m



Based on a 258PS  3.0-litre TD6 Land Rover Discovery, it allows emergency crews to reach remote disaster zones quickly in all conditions, then provide instant updates to improve response times and co-ordinate emergency planning


 And they include a video of Ed Stafford (excellent "nutter" to watch on TV) doing a training run...Click the picture to be taken to the video


Friday, 5 October 2018

127 club meeting

Last weekend was a wonderful meeting for the 127 130 Owners Group in Shropshire at the Farm of Tony and Ruth

There was so much fun to be had looking at the other vehicles and sharing build ideas and adventure stories that we did not leave the campsite on Saturday

Here we are parked next to Ash and Gill's excellent Locomotors - they have wonderful adventures in it as can be read on their travel blog http://loonytoone.co.uk/


When it comes to vehicles we were a bit outclassed by the Ex Military "going to the pub" vehicle which the owner found out did 4 gallons to the mile and has sat in the field since


it was a good job we spent the day on site because there was a constant stream of extra's turning up such as Heim and Mel's excellent Pulse conversion with the additional roof height - the second one of these I have seen and it's an excellent idea on a flat roofed 127



Joe's Paella was another highlight of the weekend - Yum... I went back for thirds :)


The next day we went about 9 miles to a cafe... about 1 of that on Tarmac which is excellent. Tony and Ruths "Cambulance" in the lead, Les and Jane's "Dreamcatcher" and us bringing up the rear.

Here is a selection of the pictures








Monday, 24 September 2018

Land Rovers in British Military Service - coil sprung models 1970 to 2007




From Amazon 

For anyone interested in the coil-sprung Land Rovers that have served (and still serve) with the British armed forces, this book is a must. It covers first-generation Range Rover and Discovery models, as well as the One Ten, Ninety and One Two Seven, their Defender successors and, of course the Wolf XD derivatives. Coverage deliberately ends at 2007 to respect current military sensibilities. This unique and extensively illustrated book describes and illustrates British military use and adaptations of these vehicles, and also contains comprehensive vehicle lists and contract details. The book is a sequel to British Military Land Rovers, the leaf-sprung models, by the same two authors (published by Herridge & Sons in 2015).

From Me 

The first book clarified a lot of the history of Land Rover Ambulances and I had the privilege of getting some advanced information from the Authors which I was able to use on the Land Rover Ambulance History page.

Now I have received the book and it looks to have even more wonderful information that I am sure will compliment and clarify the details .. I need to read it cover to cover now and then do an update which will be in line with fair use principals - if you want to read it all I highly recommend the book

To Purchase 

Land Rover Katy is not a money making project, if you are going to purchase this book from Amazon ( not a specific recommendation as it may not be the cheapest), THIS LINK benefits the UK Olympus camera user forum (not for profit user group). We would appreciate your support by clicking through that link






Sunday, 16 September 2018

Katy goes to Blackpool Rd!!!

This post is for Ceris and Jim

Excellent hosts with s drive that is JUST big enough!




Katy is in a lot better condition and was a lot better behaved than last time she was in Preston, the day after we bought her

The Unknown North

Rhian had always wanted to visit Northumberland, but for various reasons it had not happened

So this was the year for the adventure. Northumberland is a wonderful and mostly under populated county. After a number of castles, one of the classic places to visit is Holy Island so we did, and here is some evidence.


We did not stop there other than for the picture and that was when there was no traffic coming onto the island so we were not in anyone's way while we did.

The way you get there (and back) is the tidal causeway which we had plenty of time to admire because we were not daft enough to leave it until the last minute to try and get off the island


It only took a few minutes for a "baby Land Rover" to come and obey parking rules ... its amazing how small a Discovery looks next to Katy. 


After some days at the coast we headed inland and our next stop was Kielder firest where the only rain we had on the trip interrupted our planning a little. There was a crash on the main road to the forest and lucky for the owner of a Mercedes camper van we were directed onto the back roads 

They had tried to be nice and gone onto the verge to let someone past which is not a good idea in a 3 ton 2 wheel drive vehicle with road tyres. The people trying to push it were getting nowhere fast and it was just digging in so they were really pleased to see us arrive with Katy and a suitably strong piece of rope. 


Knots done..


A bit of reverse gear...


out it popped..


The owner was really happy to have been rescued by the UN! 

After that we made our way down to Hadrian's Wall where some almost unbroken sunshine made up for the poor weather we had just had. No Katy in these as she had to stay in the car parks... nice bit of walling though 


And the obligatory picture of Sycamore gap. I'm almost shocked there is not a post in the ground stating "take picture from here" the number of people who must have done so


Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Getting into the Festival Spirit

Another excellent publication has featured our work - well to be honest they were given the opportunity on a plate as I wrote the words and took the pictures

The Landy is a free Land Rover magazine which is as good a reason as any to give it a plug.

So in the September 2018 issue on Page 8 you will find this article (Click the picture below for full sized image)



The event was so successful that we have been asked to organise another display and parade at the Usk Show .. watch this space
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